HOBART | Lake Park Restaurant, 7 E. Old Ridge Road, is providing free Thanksgiving dinners on Wednesday to senior citizens, owner Mike Chloros said.
"It is something we have been offering since the restaurant in Hobart opened seven years ago, Chloros said.
The free dinners are served from 2 to 7 p.m. to those 62 and over, Chloros said.
The dinners are served on a first-come, first-served basis and include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
"Last year we served 719 dinners," Chloros said.
The free Thanksgiving dinner for seniors tradition was started by his father, Nick Chloros, about 18 years ago at the family's Hammond-based restaurant, House of Pancakes.
That restaurant is closed for renovations, but will be opened by next Monday.
"We had hoped to offer the free dinners at both restaurants but that won't be the case," Chloros said.
Chloros said his father started the tradition as a way to say thank you to customers.
"We've always been very blessed. It's like a token of our appreciation," Chloros said.
He said nobody will go away hungry because there are plans to cook 600 to 700 pounds of turkey, not counting the other trimmings.
"Word gets out. We have had people from all over come to the dinners," Chloros said.
Any leftover food will be donated to local shelters.